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Working Conditions

Some Countries Realize You Have A Life Outside Work. The U.S. Isn't One Of Them.

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 04.18.2014 | Business

Working in the U.S. ain't what it used to be. While other countries are coming up with new ways to promote work-life balance, such as France's late...

Why the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Is Important Today

Keith Mestrich | Posted 03.25.2014 | New York
Keith Mestrich

The horrific event generated a nationwide outcry about working conditions and spurred efforts to improve standards.

America Without Unions

Jeff Faux | Posted 02.20.2014 | Politics
Jeff Faux

It is no accident that as union strength declined, the social contract in America was systematically shredded. Yes, globalization and technology have changed the economy. But as labor weakened, both politically and on the job, business interests have been able to wring the benefits from these changes and shift the costs to workers.

From Brazil to Bangladesh: Saving Lives the Old-Fashioned Way, with Fire Drills and Phone Calls

Heather Franzese | Posted 02.21.2014 | Impact
Heather Franzese

Imagine yourself working in a factory. One day you smell smoke. What do you do? Ignore it? Panic? Or follow the fire drill procedure you learned at a training last week? What you choose could save your life.

Five Ways to Improve Working Conditions in the Global South

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 03.27.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

They are determined to open up a dialogue with city officials and to negotiate a set of basic rights that will formalize their line of work.

Outsourcing and Me: Adventures in Manufacturing

Ron Barth | Posted 02.22.2014 | Business
Ron Barth

A company is a shared responsibility and a contract between employees and owners -- it is not diminishing people to simply "capital" to be spent.

Black Friday: The Perpetual Pursuit of Happiness

Kanene Holder | Posted 01.28.2014 | Impact
Kanene Holder

Thus when we purchase new clothes, shoes, televisions, couches, they are clean, look good and make you feel good, but we do we ever see or feel the blood, sweat, tears and fears of the workers assembling and packaging our presents?

The Aftermath of 3,783 Layoffs: What Will Philadelphia Schools Look Like?

Hillary Linardopoulos | Posted 08.12.2013 | Impact
Hillary Linardopoulos

I can't say I have all of the answers for the funding crisis in the School District of Philadelphia. What I can say is that our schools cannot open without these people. Our students already are at the mercy of a lack of resources. They cannot afford another cut.

Dave Jamieson

Car Wash Workers Make History In New York

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.28.2013 | Business

In a move that labor union officials said may be industry-changing, recently unionized car wash workers in New York City have ratified a contract with...

Dave Jamieson

How Miserable Is It Working In An Amazon Warehouse?

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.08.2013 | Business

Whenever he clocked out after his 12-hour shift at an Amazon warehouse, Jesse Busk had one more critical task to perform before he could hop into his ...

Bangladesh Agrees To Plan To Improve Worker Conditions After Factory Collapse

Posted 05.05.2013 | Business

Bangladeshi authorities are taking steps to improve worker safety in the wake of a factory collapse that killed hundreds, Bloomberg reports. Bangl...

PHOTOS: Low-Paid Workers Rally On May Day

AP | Posted 07.01.2013 | Business

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Thousands of low-paid workers are rallying in the streets on May Day to demand better pay and improved working conditions a...

The Lethal Lemons on the Road to Bangladesh

William K. Black | Posted 06.30.2013 | Business
William K. Black

As firms are forced by "free trade" to force lower wages on their workers if they wish to stay competitive with their competitors who manufacture goods in nations like Bangladesh, and as firms in Bangladesh engage in the same competition to constrain wages, the result can be murderous.

Changing Children's Chances: The Power of Public Information

Dr. Jody Heymann | Posted 04.14.2013 | Impact
Dr. Jody Heymann

Want to know how much McDonald's charges for Big Macs in more than 40 different countries? No problem. But want to know where children are allowed to work in mines, with poisonous chemicals, or through the night? Good luck! We decided to take steps to begin to fill these gaps.

Approaching the Twilight of the Labor Movement

David Macaray | Posted 02.27.2013 | Business
David Macaray

re these people locked into some sort of time-warp, where they still imagine seeing newsreel footage of union honchos doing the perp-walk? Those days are over.

The Price of a Civilized Society for Workers

Laura Beth Nielsen | Posted 01.26.2013 | Business
Laura Beth Nielsen

It is time for Americans to let the corporations we patronize and depend upon know that many of us want all workers -- especially low-wage workers -- to have civilized working conditions and access to health care. And we are willing to pay.

Advocacy Groups Boycott Cyber Monday Over Warehouse 'Sweatshop-Like Working Conditions'

Posted 11.26.2012 | Impact

Not everyone is a fan of holiday deals. While shoppers have prepped their PayPal accounts and browser bookmarks for Cyber Monday, activist groups ...

This Election, Let's Remember: It's Ridiculous How Good Small Business Has It

Gene Marks | Posted 12.07.2012 | Small Business
Gene Marks

We all work as hard as those guys last century. But our working conditions are cleaner and healthier. Sure, we've got challenges. But would you prefer to be running a business in 2012 or 1906?

People to Power: From the Cumbre de los Pueblos to the G20

Michael Switow | Posted 06.19.2012 | Impact
Michael Switow

At first glance, working conditions in Mexican factories, mining projects and even drought may seem like local issues. But not if we want a world based on justice, gender equality and a respect for human rights.

Migrant Workers' Forum Highlights Need for Change

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein | Posted 01.02.2012 | Chicago
Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

We are engaged in a year-long project looking at Latino workers in the Midwest and the degree to which enforcement agencies are protecting them. Thus far, we can say that at the federal level it's not a pretty story.

Alleged Worker Abuse At Manufacturer Of Cars 2 Toys

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 10.30.2011 | Business

Toys bring great joy to many young children. But produced under abusive conditions, they also bring pain. An undercover investigation in Shenzhen,...

Top 5 Reasons Why Teachers Keep Leaving The Classroom

Posted 10.11.2011 | Education

Just as high school dropout and graduation rates are a persistent issue of concern in the education arena, teacher turnover rates are similarly troubl...

Businesses Can Help Their Employees Beat The Heat

AP | By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG | Posted 09.21.2011 | Business

NEW YORK -- The searing heat this summer is giving small business owners a great opportunity to create some goodwill with their employees. When the h...

"The Triangle Fire": An American Tragedy

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

"The Triangle Fire" is the story of an event that changed lives as well as people's attitudes. The fact that over one hundred and fifty people had to die to gain these advances is a tragedy within itself.

Any Job Is a Good Job? Think Again

Dan Viederman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dan Viederman

We must continue to hold companies accountable for the working conditions of people who sew, build and harvest for them at the bottom of their supply chains.